Unrequited Love and Parasites
This tale is of a most unhappy rat —
Diminutive Lothario (rodential) —
Who in a twitchy-whiskered tabby cat
Did smell romantic paramour potential.
This lovelorn rat endeavored to entice
His would-be lover’s fickle feline fancy
To love a rat, although she dined on mice.
(Indeed such venture must be rather chancy.)
Approaching her to make his feelings known,
He swooned from his olfactory delight,
And Tabby ate him — fur and flesh and bone
And addled brain (beset by parasite).
The moral: Trust no neurochemistry:
It could be Toxoplasma gondii.
© Lori A. Claxton 2017